We have a winner of Katie McCurdy’s book “Journey of Faith” …the winner is Meredith! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win, you can find Katie’s book on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Faith-Legacy-Purpose-Book/dp/1432726013/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298679944&sr=1-1
I am thrilled to have guest Katie McCurdy with us today as she discusses her book “Journey of Faith.” Katie has graciously agreed to bless one lucky person with a copy of her book, so be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win! (Contest ends Thursday, February 24, 2011).
Hi Katie! It’s great to have you here. Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Well, I am the third oldest in a family of ten children – two boys and eight girls. (Yes, the boys are pretty outnumbered in my house!) Recently my family went through a big change in our household when the oldest, my brother, moved not only out of the house, but out of the state. 😦 We are all still trying to get used to him not being with us as he attends law school. Every day one of my little sisters complains that they want their brother to return – its sad at times, but we know that it only for a season. He’s a really awesome brother. But anyway, I am getting off track! So sorry!
As you might guess, I am still having trouble with this new faze of my life – growing up and leaving. I turned 18 a few months ago, so I am getting used to officially being an ‘adult’. 🙂 I write excessively – my family often tease that I am on the computer 24-7. But they are a really awesome support team and I love each and every one of ’em! I self-published my first book, Journey of Faith, when I was 16 and have been working on my second book ever since then. I’ve learned a lot since publishing that first book and, if the Lord wills it, I would like to try to find a publisher for my second book. But I will just have to wait and see where the Lord leads!
Your first book is Journey of Faith. Can you give us a short blurb?
Sure! Faith Martin is growing up just outside of a prosperous town in Missouri, enjoying her life and her family. When her parents suddenly decide to move out west to newly-settle town in Wyoming, Faith is shocked. She had always imagined remaining in Missouri her whole life. Struggling with her inward feelings, they soon pack up and leave her childhood home and friends.
When they arrive in the new town of Prairie Grove they undergo many adventures as they try to get settle and begin a ranch. Things don’t come easily in Wyoming. Faith keeps her favorite verse, Romans 8:28, close to her heart amid all the trials. But when she and her brother end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, she struggles to remain true to that verse. Will they succeed at starting a life in Prairie Grove, and more importantly – will they make it back to their family alive?
You are a teen author, which I think is awesome! What advice would you give to other teens who want to publish a book?
To keep writing. Even when you think you have perfected the craft – keep learning and keep writing. I wrote my second book in a matter of months, but am still working on it today. 🙂 I keep honing my writing and making it better: adding this, taking out that. Right now I am re-writing the beginning of the book, as I wanted it to be more of an attention grabbed than I originally had it. So…keep writing! And keep depending on Christ. Trust in Him and determined perseverance is the key here! 🙂
Excellent advice, Katie. Speaking of depending on Christ, what role does faith play in your writing?
Wow, big question! But I will try to keep it short. My faith in Christ has grown so much since I began writing. I knew when I began writing that I wanted to have an underlying message within the adventures, as I personally enjoy books so much when I am able to learn something from it and apply it to my own life. As I began writing more and more, I found myself praying over the characters. Might sound strange, but I would pray that the Lord guide my characters and allow them to experience an adventure that would impact someones life and encourage other Christians. For example, in “Journey of Faith,” the main character struggles with contentment and trust when she finds out that her whole life is about to change. Throughout the book she learns how God puts things in people’s lives for a reason – for his own perfect plan.
That’s an awesome testimony, Katie! So do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Yes! I use it in my first book, Journey of the Heart. It is Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” It has helped me get through many problems and trials in my life. It has so much truth and promise in that verse!
I agree, that is a wonderful verse. So, where do you see yourself in five years? In otherwords, what are your hopes, dreams, and goals?
Hmm…I see myself as married (if the Lord wills it) and beginning a life with my husband somewhere nearby – both to remain close to my family and my church. I will have continued writing and, Lord willing, have a few books published through a traditional publisher. (I can dream!) A baby on the way would be really sweet, too, if God blesses me with children. And I would love to be an Aunt by then, as I have a brother and sister older than myself. 🙂 So…nothing big or extravagant in my dreams and hopes – but they are my dreams nonetheless….! 🙂
If you were given a million dollars to start a charity, what type of charity would you start and why?
If I could, I would want to give it to child or teen suffering from Cancer. (If that would count.) A dear friend of mine is now battling cancer, and she is just one month younger than myself. While I pray for her healing continually, I know that money to help cover the cost of chemo would be helpful. So, if I had a million dollars, I would love to find children and/or teens who are fighting life-threatening diseases and help support them financially. 🙂
I love your idea of helping children with life-threatening diseases, like cancer. A little friend of ours is a cancer survivor and I know a charity like the one you mentioned would be so helpful to his family as they pay toward the extensive medical bills for his treatment. So, Katie, What’s next on your writing agenda?
Well, I am working on finishing the sequel to Journey of Faith. I just recently wrote up a romantic suspense plot that I am determined to write, so as soon as I am finished with the sequel I will begin on that manuscript. Along with my personal writing, I am co-authoring a historical fiction set in Persia right after the reign of King Xerxes. The title we have for it is Scattered Tears and it focuses on the reign of Persia after Xerxes murder.
Wow, Scattered Tears sounds like it will be a great book. I’m looking forward to having the privilege of reading it 🙂 Before we go, where can readers connect with you and/or learn more about your book?
I have a website for my writing, www.booksbykatie.webs.com
. But I don’t keep up with it very much. So, if you want to connect with me, check out my blog, Legacy of a Writer – www.katieslegacy.blogspot.com
. You can find my Facebook page on my blog and follow me – I will be keeping that updated with where I am in my writing world! 🙂